PAGODA TREE. China, Korea
LEGUMINOSAE (Pea family)
tree of generally pleasing appearance with
long clusters of pale yellow flowers in summer. The compound leaves have 11
leaflets, more or less, each 1 to 2 inches long and having a tiny sharp point.
Kidney-shaped beans are contained in meaty spherical envelopes, each with the
characteristic umbilical scar familiar in beans. These spheres are much more
widely spaced than beads on a string, so at first sight the pod looks nothing
like a pod. Four specimens, about 25 feet tall, flank the Cowell Houses entry
gate off the parking lot on Bowdoin Street near Campus Drive East. Several trees
are on San Francisco Court, and six on Galvez Mall in the dividing strip between
Sweet Hall and Stern Hall. The pagoda tree is one of the five trees established
by the Chou dynasty of the 1st millennium bc as memorials for the departed (see
Illustrations (links open new windows):
pinnately compound leaf | leaf and fruit, Illus.: McMinn, Howard E. and Evelyn Maino. 1951.
An illustrated manual of Pacific coast trees; with lists of trees recommended for various uses on the Pacific coast by H. W. Shepherd.
2d ed. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.
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